Accident (Naltar chopper crash: Bodies, injured shifted to Islamabad)


Islamabad: Bodies of those killed in helicopter crash in Naltar near Gilgit were received at Nur Khan airbase Islamabad with full respect and dignity on Saturday.

Seven persons, including ambassadors of the Philippines and Norway, wives of Indonesian and Malaysian ambassadors and three Pakistan Army officials were killed in the accident in Naltar near Gilgit.

The bodies were received at the airbase with full military honor. A guard of honor was presented to them. Soldiers saluted as coffins of diplomats wrapped in national flags arrived at the air base.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Vice Chief of Naval Staff Hasham Bin Siddique, diplomats, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and other high ranking officials were also present on the occasion.

Talking to the media on the occasion, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said we are in close contact with the relevant embassies in order to shift the bodies of foreign diplomats to their home countries.

He said the bodies of foreign diplomats will be sent to their countries through special flights.

Each special flight will be accompanied by a federal minister.

Meanwhile, a C-130 aircraft carrying injured persons of Naltar tragedy also landed at Nur Khan Airbase.

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